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Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! (2017)

Gekijouban Poketto monsutâ: Kimi ni kimeta! (original title)
Not Rated | | Animation, Action, Adventure | 5 November 2017 (USA)
Ash Ketchum from Pallet Town is 10 years old today. This means he is now old enough to become a Pokémon Trainer. Ash dreams big about the adventures he will experience after receiving his first Pokémon from Professor Oak.

Director:

Kunihiko Yuyama

Writers:

Takeshi Shudo (earlier screenplay), Satoshi Tajiri (concept) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Unshô Ishizuka ... Narrator / Professor Okido (voice)
Rica Matsumoto ... Satoshi (voice)
Sarah Natochenny ... Ash Ketchum / Delia Ketchum (voice)
Megumi Hayashibara ... Musashi (voice)
Shin'ichirô Miki ... Kojiro (voice)
Inuko Inuyama ... Nyarth (voice)
Ikue Ôtani ... Pikachu (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rikako Aikawa Rikako Aikawa ... Caterpie (voice)
Justin Anselmi Justin Anselmi ... Additional Voices (voice)
Rebecca Becker Rebecca Becker ... Additional Voices (voice)
Sam Black Sam Black ... Metapod / Additional Voices (voice)
Kate Bristol Kate Bristol ... Pikachu (talking) / Young Sorrel (voice)
James Carter Cathcart ... James / Meowth / Professor Oak (voice) (as Carter Cathcart)
Chika Fujimura Chika Fujimura ... Lapras (voice)
Kiyotaka Furushima ... Lucario (voice)
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Storyline

Ash Ketchum, a kid from Pallet Town, embarks on a journey across the Kanto region to become a Pokemon Master. With his partner Pikachu, who at first hated Ash. But the bond of Pikachu and Ash builds as they travel to beat gyms and enter the league of Kanto. Written by William

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Certificate:

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Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

5 November 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,401,722

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$37,552,144
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The film was the first Pokémon movie since Pokémon the Movie: Black-Victini and Reshiram (2011) to have a limited theatrical release in America. It received the release through Fathom Events, who re-released Pokémon: The First Movie - Mewtwo Strikes Back (1998) just a year prior for the series' 20th anniversary. See more »

Goofs

During the infamous scene where Pikachu speaks English, it claims it doesn't like going in the Poke Ball because it doesn't want to leave Ash's side. This makes absolutely no sense, as Pikachu didn't like going in the ball even back at first, when it didn't even like Ash yet. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: This is Ash Ketchum, from Pallet Town. Ash is almost ten years old. When youngsters with aspirations to become Pokemon Trainers turn ten, they can choose their first Pokemon from Professor Oak. They can choose from Bulbasaur... Charmander... and Squirtle. Then, they can begin their exciting journeys as Pokemon Trainers!
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Crazy Credits

There is a large amount of unrelated clips played after the credits - including the start up screens from the original Game Boy title as well as stories about Giovanni (boss of Team Rocket) and Gary defeating the Elite 4. See more »

Alternate Versions

The ending credits in the Disney XD version are significantly shortened to 30 seconds, played over a black screen, and utilize a short clip of the piano rendition of the Pokémon Theme portion of I Choose You for music. See more »

Connections

Follows Pokémon: Mewtwo Returns (2000) See more »

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A complete mess..
13 January 2019 | by head1993See all my reviews

It's a shame I have to say this, but I absolutely hated this movie. I wanted it to be good, or at least wanted to like it, but it's all just one big mess.

The original story has been butchered with new stuff forced in, which is of varying quality. Most new characters are predictable or uninteresting, plotpoints get resolved before the viewer has any interest and the story has loads of cringy stuff that absolutely did not have to be there.

The animation is fantastic at times, the artstyle is pretty good, but some key moments are around 5fps, which makes it very hard to see whats going on (and it looks really cheap)

Small spoiler here but the weirdest thing about the movie is the vibe between Ash and Pikachu. It wasn't like this in the original show, they were just really good friends, but these versions of the characters are a little too close

I get why they had to update the story, as the world has become 10x as big as it used to be, but they only had one chance to do this right, and this is a spectacular failure


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